I'm watching an english lesson with two little girls. One little girl is on a pony, the other on a full sized horse. During this lesson, the trainer is asking the little girl on the horse to get him to work his back and come into contact by "rattling the reins" and then when he comes into contact to release. Obviously this is wrong, but then I began thinking of the mechanics of her riding a full sized horse. This little girl is maybe 8 years old and I could probably pick her up with one arm. She isn't nearly muscled enough, nor could she probably ever be muscled enough at her age to ride correctly with her seat and legs to get this horse to use his back and come into the frame correctly.
What are your thoughts, in the case of this little girl of using the "seesaw method?" Of little girls riding full sized horses when they are not physically capable of riding them correctly in general? The little girl on the pony is better matched with her pony (its hers, rather than riding a lesson horse) and I think she is a better rider than the other little girl. However they are still both learning the "seesaw" from this trainer. We do have another trainer at the barn who teaches correct riding and all of our advanced lessons, just as a side note.